Welfare Benefits - Appeals
This section explains what you can do if you disagree with a decision about your benefits. It explains how to appeal to a tribunal.
You must ask for a mandatory reconsideration from the DWP or Local Authority before you can appeal to a tribunal.
- You must appeal to the tribunal service within 1 month of the date on the Mandatory Reconsideration Notice or decision by your local authority.
- The tribunal will look at all the information that you, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or local authority (LA) give. They will decide if the decision should change or stay the same.
- If you decide to appeal, you will need to prepare the appeal yourself. There may be a service in your area to help you with this appeal.
- You may find it useful to give information to the tribunal service before your hearing.
This section covers:
- The appeals process
- Preparing your appeal
- Going to the hearing
- Tips for self-representation
- Can I appeal against my council tax support or housing benefit decision?
- Sample Letters
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